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Unread 11-07-2009, 04:00 AM
Sniggel Sniggel is offline
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This sums up most of what I read about cramping. Although with some new things I wasnt sure of.

I have had cramping issues for more than a year. Its better now (was one of those "no-sodium guys", mainly because I dont like the taste and didnt think it would do any good) but I still have lots of problems and have tried many things. One thing special in my case is that I am on high dose asthma medication, a drug known to cause potassium and/or magnesium loss. Supplementing with high dose magnesium (400-600mg/day) helps somewhat but it doesnt solve the problem. Supplementing with potassium is hard since I cant find any potassium supplements. I instead try to eat lots of potatoes and use a mineral salt with a mix of potassium, magnesium, sodium and iodide (and I also think theres some calcium in it).

I have also noticed the correlation between going lowcarb and getting cramps more often and more intense cramps as well.

Another thing that I discovered several months ago is if I look at my gastrocnemius when relaxed (any time of day) it has small twitches all over the place. This is a 24/7 activity that has been going on for probably at least a year.

I think I will try to religiously use some electrolytes in my fluids after workout from now on. Will also see if maybe taurin can help me.

Last edited by Sniggel : 11-07-2009 at 04:04 AM.
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Unread 02-17-2010, 09:12 PM
vee716 vee716 is offline
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Most ides about cramping tend to focus on a single electrolyte, potassium was blamed for quite some time which is the basic origin of the ‘eat a banana to stop cramping’ idea.

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Unread 02-17-2010, 09:16 PM
SlyBlackDragon SlyBlackDragon is offline
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Been getting gooche cramps a lot this round of RFL. Mainly while standing at the urinal which gets you some funny looks.
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